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wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this region has been hit by a big winter storm and as you mentioned it has proven to be deadly storm killing thee people and we see as crews try all right. to clear these roads, check this out. this is jesse james, the outlaw, unfortunately more snow is in the forecast here. snowplows hit the streets of about 30, about 30, in the kansas city tuesday to wage war mid-1800s. against mother nature. this is chuck norris, living
this city on the kansas/missouri now, this day and age, hard to border could see up to a foot of snow from the massive blizzard believe, but a new study says before it ends. these people have the same odds lindsay spent much of his day of dying. a new study saying 72 really is shoveling. >> heavy and wet and we're just the new 30. trying to get it up. mary, what's going on? >> well, wolf, a researcher in >> reporter: the heavy wet snow has made getting around germany came up with that benchmark, and he says he did it difficult whether it's behind the wheel or on foot. so people could understand just most of these major interstate highways are passable through how much mortality rates have improved. missouri and kansas and mainly because of these snowplow teams. she's 75, but jane fonda looks they've been going through the night to make sure drivers are decades younger. safe on the roads and we've seen mid-life is not the first word that comes to mind when very few drivers out here. most of the people is going at a describing 40-something halle snail's pace. though we did see several berry. hollywood's women continue to accidents along the way, drivers get the upper hand over father time, while the rest of us might who may have been going too fast and ultimately lost control. not look as good as we age, falling branches wreaked havoc research suggests that 72 is the on the power storm and look what new 30. happened to a building's roof in >> when i say 72 is the new 30, i just mean that the mortality bellton, missouri when cameras that was one typical of a rolled. 30-year-old, that was typical of elsewhere in kansas, a 100 year most of the 30-year-olds, is now record in wichita is no more. more typical of someone who's in
that area has now seen 21 inches their 70s. and so mortality has changed a of snow for february, taking lot. >> reporter: that long life down the old mark in just six improvement occurred mostly in the last 100 years, says a study done at germany's max plank days. the huge snowstorm has started to ease up in the texas institute for demographic panhandle now making its way research. bottom line, it finds before northeast. check out these amazing images shot by a cnn ireporter just 1,91 1900, the odds of dying at age outside amarillo on monday. 30 are the same as the odds of parts of the texas panhandle saw dying at 72 today. 19 inches of snow monday, mostly because of better health forcing out the tow trucks in care and improved living conditions. one research not involved in white out conditions. and from the ground to the air that study isn't surprised people are living longer. but not all the news is good. no snow but plenty of wind was on hand to whip around planes at >> life expectancy for women has the san antonio international taken on a very peculiar airport. gusts hit more than 54 miles per pattern. >> reporter: sociologist hour at the airport, fortunately no injuries were reported. jennifer karas montez has spent years to find out why some women back in kansas city people just in the u.s. are losing ground want a break from all the when it comes to life expect snowfall. sis. >> what's happening to women is >> it's been a long seven days, that the low educated women, ten days something like that. especially those without a high i'm ready to go home. school education, have seen declines in their life >> reporter: so, wolf, the worst expectancy, which is really quite shocking. of it has hit us here in kansas >> reporter: exactly why is
city, missouri and the system unclear. her study suggests trends in don't track to the smoking play a role as well as north-northeast up towards chicago, michigan and canada and employment. she says the stagnation in the we also know that the storm is labor market is taking a mental weakening according to our and physical toll on those less meteorologists. >> doesn't look like much educated women. traffic behind you, george. overall, the trend is positive, are people pretty much still but just how much longer life hunkered down in kansas city? will keep extending is as ela >> reporter: you don't find too many people on the roads. a lot of people are heeding that elusive as the fountain of warning to stay inside. i can tell you the roads, the youth. now, the sociologists that we highways are passable. spoke with in the u.s. said, a lot of the side streets, they bottom line, the well off are are clear as well because of the living longer in the u.s. on average, women, she says, has snowplows that have been going a life expectancy of 80 years through. the concern is as we see the snow melt, as we see water turn ago old, and for men, . to ice tonight when temperatures drop that the commute in the morning could be an icy mess. >> could be indeed. and a sinking boat makes a george, thank you. how much punch is left in this desperate call for help, but storm? question, is it all a hoax? let's bring in our meteorologist [ engine turns over, tires squeal ] chad myers over at the cnn and you'll find advanced safety technology severe weather center. like an available heads-up display what's the forecast? >> well the forecast is for on the 2013 lexus gs. still the rain to steal the there's no going back. moisture from the snow. that didn't happen in texas and
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we'll gate live report in our next hour. don't forget you can get the latest forecast, radar images on cnn.com/weather or on your cnn smartphone app. now we turn to the name calling and political spinning that's monopolizing official washington today. we're only three days away from the forced budget cuts everyone is warning will be a disaster for regular people's lives, and for the u.s. economy. even though president obama humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, insists he isn't trying to play the blame game he is in full we still run into problems. campaign mode right now. namely, other humans. let's bring in our chief white at liberty mutual insurance, we understand. house correspondent jessica yellin with the latest. that's why our auto policies come with accident forgiveness >> reporter: the president was if you qualify, where your rates won't go up trying to drive home the impact due to your first accident, these forced budget cuts would and new car replacement, where, if you total your new car, have by visiting one of the places that might feel them most we give you the money for a new one. call... quickly a shipyard in virginia. while he was there he insisted to talk to an insurance expert about everything else that jobs and the economy are on that comes standard with our base auto policy. the line, basically because and if you get into an accident and use one of our certified repair shops, house republicans are simply too
your repairs are guaranteed for life. stubborn to negotiate. listen. >> i have to be honest with you. call... there are too many republicans to switch, and you could save hundreds. ♪ born to make mistakes in congress right now who refuse to compromise even an inch when it comes to closing tax liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? loopholes and special interest tax breaks. and that's what's holding things up right now. >> reporter: well as you know the president wants a combination of both tax increases as well as spending cuts to help avoid this trigger that's going to happen at the end of the week, but in his comments he said his door is open and he's willing to negotiate but in his larger speech he really did sound like a man who was ready for battle rather than getting ready for peace. >> any sign of a deal, perhaps, initiative coming from congress as far as the white house is concerned, jessica? >> reporter: big n-o. talk about the blame game. it was in full swing on capitol hill today. with house republican leader speaker boehner using some
language we would have to call rated pg-13 against the senate and the senate democratic leader hot shots, photos coming in from around the world. firing back. listen to this exchange. and happening now, fighting >> we have moved the bill in the words from the president of the house twice. united states. is he overplaying his warnings we should not have to move a about those forced budget cuts? third bill before the senate a blizzard double whammy, the gets off their ass and begins to snow misery now, and the worries do something. that this winter will get even >> you heard that word. apparently we don't have the worse. high court suspense. sound bite from majority leader while a landmark law from the harry reid but he said he grew civil rights era could be up in a town filled with gutted. voting mystery. brothels. you know he's from nevada near did the coast guard respond to another hoax? las vegas area and so he's used and a balloon disaster. to quote salty language and so we have new video of the deadly this didn't offend him but he explosion and new fears about balloon safety. said, wolf, that the speaker i'm wolf blitzer. should know who is sitting on you're in "the situation room." their posterior. if this is the language they are using before the cuts go into effect this may be a more exciting story. >> how effective has the president been in delivering this hard hitting message basically totally blaming the republicans for refusing to before the senate gets off compromise? >> well, the goal here is to their ass and begins to do something. >> that's the house speaker,
make this really feel, make helping to set the tone for the americans realize how much this next three days of spin and will hit home and how much the blame, until their budget ax budget cuts will impact their falls. president obama is isn't holding own pocketbook. back either. the latest polling shows that's he went to a naval shipyard in had mixed results. virginia to renew his warnings about the impact of those forced right now 60, 6-0 percent of spending cuts. he's now backt the white house. our chief white house americans believe these forced correspondent, jessica yellin, spending cuts will hurt the is there as well with more on overall economy. what is going on. only 30% think it will have a jessica? >> reporter: wolf, senior major impact on their own administration officials tell me, they're beginning to see personal finances. and politicians, insiders, both cracks in republican's unified democrats and republicans tell position, that they want those forced spending cuts to go into me they think more americans effect on friday as is. have to really feel it in the but the truth is, those cracks pocketbook before democrats and are few and friday's deadline is republicans come together to cut approaching quickly. a deal. >> now we know the president did reach out to two leading senate republicans john mccain, lindsey at a shipyard near the largest graham, invited them to come naval base in the world, over to the white house todays president obama fired a warning shot. >> this work, along with on -- today to talk about hundreds of thousands of jobs, immigration reform but he wants are currently in jeopardy to talk about sequester these because of politics in washington. forced budget cuts. what's going on.
has that meeting yet taken >> reporter: the 21,000 workers at this massive plant could place? >> reporter: that meeting was suffer if congress doesn't cut a scheduled to take place about deal to avoid the forced spending cuts that trigger this friday. half hour ago. we were told by the white house that the meeting could cover a mr. obama says a slowdown here range of topics so that could could have ripple effects across the economy. include immigration. virginia residents are worried these budget cuts. and perhaps other topics that and angry at both democrats and republicans. have come up on capitol hill >> we just don't have is a voice recently. who knows maybe foreign affairs and other issues. with the government anymore. so presumably it's going on right now and i'll give you a >> set your ideological differences aside and get to read out as soon as we have it. creating jobs. you're about to destroy a whole bunch of people here. >> brief us on what happens. i'm curious to see how much of >> reporter: according to the an effort there was made by the obama administration, most americans will not feel the president and these two effects of the forced spending republican senators to work out a deal, perhaps at least start a cuts right away. polling shows that while 60% of negotiation during these final three days to avert these forced americans say they believe the cuts will have a major impact on spending cuts. >> we were told when the the overall economy, only 30% president called john mccain, believe it will hit them in their own pocketback. senator mccain last week that's when the idea of this meeting came up and so the president in washington, insiders are invited them over. convinced the american people will have to suffer a while so we criticized the president a before leaders will negotiate.
lot for not doing outreach and in the meantime, the spin game having meetings here's an instance where he did follow up is on. insisting he's above politics -- and having meetings now. >> i'm not interested in playing >> let's see if the president a blame game. at this point, all i'm inactivities the house speaker interested in is just solving over. we'll watch for that. problems. >> reporter: president obama then accused the gop of standing thanks very much. just two days before pope in the way. >> but i just have to be honest benedict leaves the papacy we're with you. finding out much more about his there are two many republicans in congress right now who refuse to compromise, even an inch. future. also what he'll be called. >> reporter: on capitol hill, you'd have to rate the christiane amanpour is standing by in rome. republican leaders' words pg-13. if chuck hagel gets confirm what will his first few days at the >> we have moved the bill in the pentagon look like. house twice. there's new information coming we should not have to move a in to "the situation room" right third bill before the senate now. [ male announcer ] when these come together, gets off their ass and begins to do something. >> reporter: the senate's democratic leader fired back. >> you know, i was and these come together, one thing you can depend on is that these will come together. delicious and wholesome. some combinations were just meant to be. tomato soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do.
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resignation takes effect the day people looking into crimes and after tomorrow. trying to prevent crimes. keep the name benedict xvi. atf inspections, things like gun still addressed as his holiness permits and everything will be knocked down. fewer people to man the prisons. and have the official title pope prisons will spend time more time on lockdown, fewer grants emeritus. benedict won't wear the for local law enforcement. fisherman's ring which will be all of these things will make things less safe in the country, destroyed which is what happens when a pope dies. according to him. the question is, we're talking the ring is a symbol of the about people suffering out there, voters suffering. papacy and a reminder of st. will people notice this? if you're not the person peter who was a fisherman. furloughed, will you know in your community, the fbi is not benedict will wear white but stop wearing his red shoes and there? will you know that he spent an switch to a pair of brown shoes. extra 20 minutes doing something that might have taken ten rome is filling up with pilgrims minutes? i don't really know, kate. that's really the question. as well as church leaders the next two days will be filled >> and there still are so many questions. with very elaborate good-bye tom, you know that some republicans, many republicans are really pushing back saying that all of that is just a scare ceremonies for this pope. tactic. our chief international correspondent christiane amanpour is joining us from rome what have you found out? >> i have found this. right now. walk us through, what can we this is important to bear in mind. think about the statement. expect over the next 48 hours? this is a very broad statement that sounds like scary words. >> reporter: well, i will tell i don't really know what it is you i'm right now standing just he wants to do or whether or outside st. peter's square. not, when he says less safe, if you can see it's pretty empty he means to scare people. i can't question his motives.
except for pedestrians. but i can question his math. 12 hours from now it will be this is the budget, if he gets packed. the sequester, $25.4 billion for that's the pope's final pomp and circumstance, his final general next year. that's how much he would get. but look at this. audience. we'll do it in st. peter's this is a graph of funding for square. the justice department, for the he'll go around st. peter's last 11 years. square in that popemobile and and if you'll notice, when you look at this graph, in fact, they expect tens of thousands of pilgrims to be there. that line would be right about we'll have it live on cnn. this is his final official here. public audience and then the so, in fact, for the past 11 next day he prepares to leave. years, only the past three years today we're told that he has has the justice department had spent the day in prayer, that he more money than they would have under the sequester. spent the day receiving good wishes from leaders around the so does that mean that all these world and packing up. years, we were less safe when the national crime rate was because 8:00 p.m. thursday rome steadily moving down during that time his papacy ends and we go period of time? these are the tough challenges out there, because in many ways, as democrats in the white house into what's known as the empty say, all these cataclysmic see and after that will the things are going to hit if the cardinals be called to start to sequester comes in. i think republicans may be meet and then they probably will betting on the idea if a few have their first formal meeting weeks pass, a couple months on monday and only after monday pass, and the public doesn't notice it because of things like will we know when they call an this, then they're going to be convene the conclave to elect able to turn around at the white the new pope. house and say, you were just >> once they convene that trying to scare us. you said a lot of things, and we conclave, a week, two weeks we
have no idea how long it takes haven't seen it come to pass. until we see that white smoke >> those numbers sure can be meaning there's a new pope. mind numbing, but they're so important for everyone to >> that's exactly right. understand and see there are still a lot of politics at play. look i was standing in precisely tom, great job on that. ahead we're going to take the same place back in 2005, another hard look at what will eight years ago when pope john really happen when those budget paul ii died and we went into cuts take effect. two economic experts, stephen the conclave which finally moore and steven ratner are produced pope benedict xvi. standing by for a very good that took a week and several debate. >> it will be an excellent false starts. when they can't come to a debate. much more other news we're consensus you have the black following as well, including a smoke emanating from that record-breaking, bone-chilling, special chimney in st. peter's paralyzing winter weather and then finally the white smoke system. that blizzard that hammered the and then you don't even know who texas panhandle is on the move right now. it could dump 18 inches of snow it is until the archbishop in parts of the midwest. deacon cardinals deacon comes to more than 45 million people are the window and announces a new under at least some kind of pope and only after that the new winter weather watch, from pope comes to the within to and oklahoma all the way to michigan. is greeted. cnn's george howell is right in but that was still at least two the thick of things. weeks away. at least tweaks away from that he's in kansas city, rate now, being finalized. >> is the italian media still kansas city, missouri. what's going on? all over the scandals that are >> reporter: wolf, look, we're talking snow on top of snow. going on involving sex and this is the second time in a intrigue, all that stuff that week that the midwest has been we've seen in those rome hit hard by a snow system like
newspapers over the past few this, and there's a lot of this days, or have they moved on? stuff out here. you're looking at it right now, >> well, they pretty much moved wolf, there's more snow in the on. that of course was a big story forecast. over the weekend and into snowplows hit the streets of kansas city tuesday, to wage war monday, the beginning of this week. as you can imagine it drove the against mother nature. this city on the kansas/missouri vatican mad. they were really angry, angry border could see up to a foot of with the press for writing about snow from the massive blizzard it, angry for people picking it before it ends. up and running with it. lindsay hughes spend much of his the fact is that, you know, we day shoveling. >> it's heavy and it's wet and had to due diligence and everybody reported about it. i spoke to a very plugged in, we're just trying to get it off. >> reporter: the heavy, wet snow one of the best italian has made getting around difficult. reporters at work today who has whether it's behind the wheel or really been watching the vatican on foot. for 20 years, he's written a and most of these major signature book on the papacy of interstate highways are possible. you know, through missouri and kansas. pope benedict xvi and on that and it's mainly because of these particular scandal he said he snowplows. they've been going through the believed it wasn't the case. however, because of this vatican night to make sure drivers are leak scandal where the pope's butler came out and made safe on the roads. we've seen very few drivers out allegations about financial corruption, about other misdeeds here. most people going at a snail's inside the vatican because of pace. we saw several accidents along the way. that three cardinals were drivers who may have been going charged with investigating alleged misdeeds. too fast and ultimately last control. falling branches wreaked havoc they yesterday handed the
on the power system. results of their investigation and looked what happened to a building's roof in belton, to the pope. missouri, when cameras rolled. and he will hand it on to his successor. it's not yet public. elsewhere in kansas, a 100-year wolf? >> we'll be watching what happens over the next few days. record in witchta is no more. christiane amanpour will be on the scene and join us tomorrow that area has now seen 21 inches here on "the situation room" as of snow for february, taking well. thank you. this important programming down the old mark in just six note for our viewers tonight on days. anderson cooper 360 a cardinal the huge snowstorm has started involved in a major sex abuse to ease up in the texas scandal gets to help select the panhandle, now making its way next pope. so how can tat possibly happen? northeast. check out these amazing images shot by a cnn ireporter, just "ac360" will investigate. that's tonight, 8:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. outside amarillo monday. a scary moment historic parts of the texas panhandle saw 19 inches of snow monday, forcing out the tow trucks in moment i should say is unfolding whiteout conditions. and from the ground to the air, right now in north korea. no snow, but plenty of wind was an american is expected to meet with the country's new leader on hand to whip around planes at kim jong-un for the first time. the san antonio international he's not a diplomat. airport. he's not a lawmaker. gusts hit more than 54 miles per he's a basketball player and you might not believe who it is. hour at the airport. fortunately, no injuries were reported. back in kansas city, people just i w sprint direct connect.
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weeks of delay. the final vote was 58 in favor, he's a full senate vote away 41 opposed. from confirmation. four republicans joining the that's expected to happen tomorrow. democratic majority in approving in other news, oscar pistorius healed private memorial service hagel's nomination. the former republican senator for girlfriend reeva steenkamp from nebraska is likely to be tonight. it's been more than a week since sworn in tomorrow to replace the he was charged with willing her. pentagon chief, leon panetta. his family revealed plans for president obama issued this statement just moments ago. the memorial after news leaked "i will be counting on chuck's to the south african media. a statement released by the judgment and counsel as we end family said the service was his the war in afghanistan. own idea. he said he shot her by accident bring our troops home, stay ready to meet the threats of our because he thought she was an intruder. time, and keep our military the a historic moment in north korea today. finest fighting force in the believe it or not, yes, that is world. mostly of all, i'm grateful to dennis rodman. he arrived there for a visit chuck for reminding us that when along with the harlem it comes to national defense, we are not democrats or republicans, we are americans." globetrotters. dennis rodman might become the >> a busy day at the white first american to visit with house. republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham were at the north korea's new leader kim white house, they discussed jong-un. they are letting him send tweets immigration reform with the president, among other topics. like this one, i'm not a the two republicans issued a pretty upbeat statement, politician, kim junk one and surprisingly enough, describing north korean people are their talks with the president basketball fans. i love everyone. period. as excellent. end of story. they say they were pleased to
so pretty interesting. hear the president state his there's dennis rodman. >> can you believe dennis rodman firm commitment that he will do whatever is necessary to pass is in pyongyang together with comprehensive reform legislation this year. they did not, though, answer the harlem globetrotters. many questions relating to the they love basketball in north sequester of the forced budget korea. i was there two years ago, a cuts. little bit more than two years >> a little optimistn thptimism. ago and i could see even when i was there speaking to north it was a turning point in the fight for the civil rights, but now the u.s. supreme court koreans and one of the north may undo parts of the landmark korean officials who greeted him there at the airport in voting rights act. we'll take a closer look at pyongyang was one of my greeters what's going on. that's ahead. when i arrived there as well. also, the coast guard they love basketball. investigating a distress call, you know what? but did rescuers respond to yet when madeleine albright went to another hoax? stay with us. the same? pyongyang during the clinton administration one of the gifts citrucel is different- it's the only fiber for regularity that won't cause excess gas. she presented kim jong-un's father, kim jong-il, she brought it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and maintain regularity. a basketball signed by michael look for citrucel today. it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and maintain regularity. jordan to north korea and that oh, hi thehey!ill. basketball by all accounts i are you in town for another meeting? heard it when i was there and a p, i brought my a-team. vo: business trips add up to family time. lot of north koreans have this is my family. this is joe. hi joe! hi there! pointed it out, they venerate, vo: earn a ton of extra points with the double your hhonors promotion they love michael jordan. and feel the hamptonality.
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subdivisions, which were predominantly white, through my district, which diluted the district from a 67% african-american district down to about a 28%. >> reporter: but the u.s. department of justice stepped in and helped montgomery get his any minute now we expect the job back, saying the county start of voting. needed to get federal approval you're looking at the senate to make the changes under the floor right there. they are about to vote on the voting rights act, first signed confirmation of chuck hagel to be the nation's next defense by lyndon johnson in 1965. secretary. there's carl levin chairman of >> to eliminate the last the armed services committee. vestiges of injustice. >> reporter: at the heart of the act is what's known as section five, which allows the justice it looks like hagel has the department or a court to shut votes to be confirmed to succeed down discriminatory changes to leon panetta. the bruising fight over his voting laws, mostly in southern confirmation could cause some states, before they go into effect. president bush in congress saw serious problems when he takes need to renew the law as over the defense department. recently as 2006. let's bring in our pentecost but now, shelby county, alabama, correspondent barbara starr. a lot of people are concerned, where calera is located, is barbara, as you well know he challenging section five as a could be tainted because almost violation of state's rights. all of the republicans will vote against this confirmation. the symbols and historic >> reporter: well, that's right, landmarks of the old south are
wolf. we do expect, however, as you said within the coming hours to all around shelby county, alabama. just one county to the north at have a new secretary of defense. this church in birmingham, four little black girls were killed but chuck hagel is about to in a bombing in 1963. plunge into that looming budget and now the supreme court is crisis which his own military being asked to accept the commander says is one of their top worries. argument that the south has changed enough to overturn what some say is the heart of the voting rights act. the pentagon battle plan is ready for chuck hagel's first frank ellis is the shelby county hours in office. >> there is too much work to be attorney. done, too many priorities on the >> the south is not the same south it was in 1964. table, too many issues to be the whole country has changed. addressed, too many threats we're a dynamic society. looming for a national security >> reporter: how much things have changed is disputed. to get bogged down in the recent whites we spoke with this in past. local diner said they see the >> reporter: cnn has learned one re-election of the country's of the first priorities is to first black president as a real meet with defense department civilians. some 800,000 are facing sign. furloughs under forced spending >> i still think about discrimination, going back even cuts. 15 years, 10 years in the south. the new secretary's joint chiefs of staff says the potential $46 i think we are gaining ground. billion in cuts is a security >> reporter: but african-americans recalled the battle in the last election over nightmare. hagel has little time to lobby alleged voter suppression, and some say things have gotten congress for change. he also plans to travel overseas worse, because obama's election soon after taking over. made some white voters angry.
the pentagon knows hagel needs >> you have, you know, people to publicly show he's in charge who are very unhappy. you know, i mean, during the after a lackluster performance election time, you know, you at best during his confirmation had, you know, dummies of hearing. >> name one person in your president obama hanging from the opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united trees. >> judging from past cases, one of the court's biggest questions states senate? is why the voting rights act >> well, first -- applies mainly to southern states instead of being a >> name one. nationwide thing. >> i don't know. by the way, not all the states that are partly or fully covered >> please have a seat. by section five are supporting >> reporter: the burden is on the secretary from the first day this challenge to the law. to show he isn't now damaged mississippi and north carolina, as well as new york and political goods for the california, have actually come out in support of section five. president on capitol hill. >> he's got to go in there over >> and is there any indicator prepared, very aggressive, and from how the justices have ruled willing to take on the hard in the past and how they might be leaning in this case? questions in a way he seemed >> the chief justice has reluctant to do during his actually said, in some of his confirmation process. writings, that he believes the >> reporter: and so the pentagon promises part of the hagel plan south has changed. is to work with his justice thomas, clarence thomas, has actually said that he thinks congressional opponents. section five is >> he is going to come in with a unconstitutional. so it could be a close case. philosophy that he's is going to >> an important case, be a team player inside this regardless. >>wear going to speak with the reverend jesse jackson tomorrow. building. and that will extend to the he'll be our special guest here in "the situation room" on this united states congress. and other subjects as well.
>> reporter: but some remain >> a great guest. unconvinced. >> we should not be installing joe johns, thanks so much. so three days to go before a defense secretary who obviously is not qualified for forced budget cuts take effect. are president obama's dire the job. >> reporter: now many will tell warnings on target or overblown? you that what hagel needs to do two economic experts are ready to face off on that, next. now, the minute he's confirmed is to score some points on the cute. but don't you have any apps on your phone board, if you will, wolf. that can make your life easier? not to show that he's a team who do you think i am, quicken loans? player but to show congress and at quicken loans, we'll provide you with myql mobile. his troops that he is fully in charge. wolf? >> stand by for a moment, this amazingly useful app allows you because i want to go to dana to take pictures of your mortgage documents using an iphone or android smart phone... bash. dana i take it the roll call has so you can easily send them to us. begun on the senate floor? one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. >> reporter: it just started a little more than a minute ago. senators are still making their way to the floor. ooh, la-la! it might go longer than what it's supposed to be. what we're watching for if any one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. target is in sight. yes, dad, i see him. of the 18 republicans, that's right 18 republicans after chuck now pour some chloroform into a white rag and.... hagel got so much criticism any of those voted to let this no. nomination go through if they hi. i understand you're looking for a hotel with a pool. actually vote for his with priceline express deals, you can save big confirmation which is a very different vote. and get exactly what you need. that's what we're watching for. do i have to bid?
51 is all that's need p.m. use the stun gun. he's giving you lip. straight up or down vote and no! he's just asking a question. we'll tell you what happens when no bidding. awesome. we get to it. get the grappling hook to... >> doesn't look like any dad, i... democrats will vote against him. no? ok. so there are 55 if you add the two independents who caucus with the democrats. this is basically a done deal. >> right. >> now that they failed this filibuster, for all practical purposes he's about to be confirmed. >> that's exactly right. the issue is not whether the votes are there. he is expected to be confirmed. the question is more of a political one, and more of a question of, you know, how he does his job as barbara was just talking about, given the fact that he has been so beaten and bruised politically here. whether or not he will get some support from republicans that transit fares! could potentially determine the as in the 37 billion transit fares kind of relationship he has with we help collect each year. congress which is very important no? oh, right. for the defense secretary as barbara was just talking about you're thinking of the 1.6 million especially with these cuts daily customer care interactions xerox handles. coming to the defense department. >> usually barbara starr, or the 900 million health insurance claims we process. usually a defense secretary at least recently has been also so, it's no surprise to you
that companies depend on today's xerox unanimously confirmed by the for services that simplify how work gets done. senate, maybe two or three people vote against but usually which is...pretty much what we've always stood for. it's almost unanimous if you with xerox, you're ready for real business. take a look at bob gates or william cohen or leon panetta in recent times. this will be pretty extraordinary. >> reporter: i think that's absolutely right, wolf. what are we talking about here? maybe some 15 republicans recently signing a letter, i believe, that's the number saying that they were worried about that very point. this pentagon has a long history, as you know, of essentially being bipartisan, that the priority is always the country's national security. that's kind of a different -- there's a change in atmosphere now. we have seen the republicans move to hold up several nominations, john brennan for cia, chuck hagel, questions that they have raised about the attack in benghazi, libya. questions about access to information from the white house. a lot of questions for chuck
hagel about his position on everything from israel to iran. so, a lot of republicans have really been making the political point that they want to exert what political muscle they have. now the burden is on hagel here. can he deal with that? if they keep coming after him how will he deal with that. he had a lot of problems during that confirmation hearing. he has to show a very different face now. >> he's got have a major challenge ahead of him. we'll see how many republicans vote to confirm. we'll see if any democrats reject that confirmation. republicans are accusing let us know when the roll call president obama of resorting to is done and we'll have you back scare tactics in these, the here. today was a very hard one final days before forced budget cuts take effect. for the parents of trayvon martin. coming up my interview with his but the president insists his dire warnings are very real and father, questions for the call that he's not playing politics. of justice for their son. >> i've run my last election. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps michelle's very happy about block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. that. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. i'm not interested in spin, i'm
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they shop. fewer agricultural inspectors in the food processing plants mean they can't process as much food. economic activity slows is down. i'm just giving you a couple of examples. it's not going to end life as we know it, but it's going to have a noticeable and significant effect. >> do you want to respond, steve moore? >> look, here's where i throw up my hands in kind of exasperation about this. steve is saying exactly what people in the white house and quite frankly, what people in the media are saying. that this is going to lead tho all of these dire consequences. and my attitude, wolf, is we can't do this. if we can't cut the first $60 billion out of a $1 trillion deficit, how are we ever going to come close to a balanced budget? this is what i'm not hearing from the other side. okay, if we're not going to do this, what are we going to do? and i quite frankly think asking every agency, defense and domestic agencies, to become a little bit more lean and efficient as businesses have done, makes a lot of sense. >> and lean and efficient might be a gad thing. i'm sure everybody wants that. but there are some more liberal
economists who are arguing that this kind of sequester, these across-the-board cuts could actually hurt deficit reduction efforts. the impact of the cuts, the impact of the furloughs, and the loss of revenue will actually be since george zimmerman killed counteractive. it would increase the deficit. trayvon martin. the incident ended martin's life >> well, i think that's a joke. i mean, that's the same logic and changed zirmman's. that said that the $800 billion stimulus bill was going to zimmerman's supporters defend create 3 million or 4 million jobs, which never occurred. look, i think economy and government right now, we need zimmerman's use of the austerity in government, and we need more private sector growth. self-defense law. trayvon martin's father is we haven't had that for four joining us as well as natalie years, and i'm a believer that this high deficit is one of the jackson who is an attorney for the martin family. thank you for joining us. things that's really holding back private business. once again our deepest >> go ahead, steve moore. >> austerity is not the friend condolences to what happened to of growth, we learned that in your son. europe. i think virtually all of us who tracey, let me start with you. what's it like on this first are serious people are in favor of reducing the deficit, but it anniversary. what your and your family going needs to be done gradually over time, and the spending through? >> today is actually a day of reductions need to be done with a scalpel, not a meat ax. sorrow for me and my family. the problem with that forced deficit reduction, if you want
as today marks the one year to call it that, is that it is anniversary that trayvon was an across-the-board cut, and taken away from us. worst of all, it's an but we as a family even though across-the-board cut, focused on some of the most important we're hurt we know that we must programs, like education, like infrastructure, like research and development. continue to move forward and try they are bearing a hugely to pursue justice for trayvon. disproportionate chair of these reductions. >> on that point, though, >> and we know, natalie, let me steve -- >> hold on a second, wolf -- bring you into this >> i just want him to respond to conversation, that in april at the point. some republicans are saying, you some point they could rule, know, it doesn't have to be a there cube court ruling saying meat ax. you know what, mr. president, the stand your ground law in $85 billion, we want those cuts, florida applies in this case. half in defense, half in could that possibly throw out domestic spending. you don't want the the entire case, the criminal across-the-board cuts, we're going to give you flexibility, case against george zimmerman? mr. president. >> yes, wolf that's exactly what go ahead and you smart the cut way, so that we don't deal with would happen. in florida, if you win your some of those critically stand your ground hearing then important areas, but you can that means there's no criminal find some waste, fraud, and prosecution nor a chance for a abuse, if you, some excessive spending. civil, any civil remedy. you come up with it, but the president says, i'm not playing >> you couldn't even separately that game. why isn't he playing that game? go down the road and file a >> i'm not sure the president said, i'm not playing that game. i think getting that authority civil case against george zimmerman? >> that's correct. would be welcome for the sake of if he wins the stand your ground the economy -- >> well, the president -- listen
to what the president said hearing. immunity hearing today. i'll play the clip. he said, i'm not interested in >> you're an attorney from that getting that flexibility, which area. what's the prospect? would put all of the responsibility on him. >> from our perspective it's not listen to the president today in virginia. realistic. we had, from the beginning i >> some people have been saying, think the protests and outcry well, maybe we'll just get the was the fact that george zimmerman had not been arrested. president some flexibility. based on the fact that our legal he can make the cuts the way he team and many other legal wants and that way, it won't be advisors didn't believe stand as damaging. you know, the problem is, when your ground applied to george you're cutting $85 billion in zimmerman in his situation. we had the authors of the bill seven months, which represents and the legislation of florida who came out and said that this over a 10% cut in the defense legislation did not apply to budget in seven months, there's george zimmerman. simply because he followed no smart way to do that. trayvon martin. >> and white house officials >> so assuming it didn't apply, make it clear, they don't want then the actual trial would to play that game, steve. begin when? but it would be -- steve >> it will begin in june. rattner. but it would be an opening to >> so it would begin very, very try to come up with $85 billion soon. are you guys ready? >> well, we're not prosecuting in cuts in a smart way, as it. i believe the prosecution is opposed to this meat ax. ready. i believe they have everything. >> certainly, it would be better the defense has asked for a than the meat ax. but what the president is also continuance. their last continuance request saying, to do this in a very was denied. compressed period of time is not
they could possibly still get another continuance but right ideal from the stake of the now the trial is set for june. economy. i think all of us, and if the >> tracey, what your hoping the president doesn't blaelieve it,o country will learn from the experience, the awful experience be it. that you've gone through with i think all of believe that the loss of your son? >> well basically we hope the spending needs to be con train . and it can't all be about spending reductions to deal with country learns that in any type of killing or shooting when you our deficit problems. have an unarmed teen, whether he be white, black, hispanic, it doesn't matter, when you have a we also need revenue increases. so far, virtually all of the revenue reduction that's dead child on the ground and an occurred over last ten years, the vast preponderance has come individual who was told to not on the spending side, not the pursue the child, there needs be revenue side. >> got to leave it there. some type of ramifications. steve rattner, i'll give you ten seconds. >> what deficit reduction? there's been no deficit reduction. there should have been an arrest i mean, the deficits -- >> you know -- at that point. and what america needs to learn >> we haven't cut a dime out of the deficits. >> you know that's not true. >> we haven't cut anything yet. is that all children lives are of equal value and we can't >> yes, we have. >> they're talking about cuts in place value higher on one ethnic five and six and seven years. >> yes, we have. >> we've had two rounds of sp d group more than the other. spending reductions. >> all people are the same. >> and they haven't cut there's no doubt about that. entitlements either. when is the president going to cut entitlements.
>> exactly. >> the president has said everything is on the table and i >> tracey, i know this is a believe him. >> unfortunately, it does not painful subject but i want our look like entitlement reform is going to be managed -- viewers to know something additional about your son >> let there be comprehensive trayvon. what do you miss most about him? entitlement reform, let there be >> just miss -- i miss comprehensive tax reform, work everything about him. out a grand bargain, get this nothing in particular. resolved. he was like my best friend. lindsey graham said it on this show yesterday, he's open to it, i missed the times we shared a whole bunch of republicans and democrats are as well. that would be a smart way of going to the ballpark, just dealing with this deficit, this exploding national debt. spending time with each other, guys -- >> and we're open to it too. being around each other. and just to have his life cut >> thanks very much, steve rattner, steve moore. appreciate it. >> thanks, guys. we had a remarkable sight short, it means -- it's hurtful. today in north korea. the basketball star, or shall we here it is, it's february and say, the former basketball star, we're supposed to be preparing dennis rodman, look at this, for his graduation and his prom he's in pyongyang, north korea. coming in june and we're he's tweeting. stay here. kate's going to explain, what is preparing for a trial, a murder going on. and it's called the king of trial. beers, but a lawsuit claims that so it's very hurtful not to have budweiser isn't all it claims to him here. be. resources they need. and every day just missing his smile, just missing him saying i love you, just missing me telling him that i love him. i miss that. >> our deepest condolences to
you tracey and your entire family and natalie thanks to you as well for joining us. i'm sure we will continue this conversation. >> thank you, wolf. important programming note. later tonight on piers morgan, piers will speak to the defense attorney for george zimmerman. 9:00 p.m. eastern only here on bright students are getting lost in the shuffle. cnn. chuck hagel the confirmation and administration's work gets more complex every year. vote is now under way. the role call continuing on the when you look at these issues, do you see problems or opportunities? floor of the united states senate. little doubt he'll be confirmed. we're anxious to see, those what with an advanced degree in education from capella university, the vote will be, how many republicans will vote to kwurm you'll have the knowledge to meet these challenges and make a difference in the lives of students. him. will any democrats vote to reject this nomination. stand by. that final tally should be known let's get started at capella.edu. very soon. also other news. a hot air balloon accident in egypt killing 19 people. when we come back we'll take a close look at what could have caused the explosion that brought down the balloon. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all?
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prices are up. the news about home prices, as well, corporate earnings, plus encouraging remarks from federal reserve chairman ben bernanke caused stocks to go up. the dow industrials gained back a little over half of yesterday's big loss. and an historic moment in egyptian authorities are north korea today. investigating right now a real believe it or not, and it's hard to believe, dennis rodman of all people, arrived for a visit calamity. 19 people have died in the along with the harlem world's deadliest hot hair globetrotters. he might become the first zbleent in two decades. american to visit with north we go to luxor, egypt where the korea's new leader, kim jong-un. crash happened. r tell us what you k-what do we rodman tweeted from north korea's capital that he's honored to represent the u.s., adding, quote, they love know? basketball here. what happened? >> reporter: well we're learning more about this hot air balloon could be the first american to meet the little kim. crash and the details that are >> could you imagine, he's going emerging, wolf, are absolutely to meet with kim jong-un, at chilling opinion based on what we've learned at least at one least that's what he suggests, looking forward to it. point most of these tourists on i think that will be the first -- obviously, north this hot air balloon they knew koreans have met with some they were going to die but there was very little they could do. chinese. other than that, i don't think anyone has met with kim jong-un they were aboard this hot air since he took over for his dad.
balloon, it was descending but madeleine albright, when she went there during the clinton rapidly, it was on fire, they administration, she brought a had split second whether to jump present to kim jong-un's father. out or stay in. >> what was that present? >> that present was a basketball new details emerging, government signed by michael jordan, and they treasured it. officials say this hot air when i was there a couple years balloon was about 12 feet away ago, i saw how they treasure that basketball. >> so the moral of the story -- from landing in safety but >> they love basketball. something went terribly wrong, >> -- is they love basketball in landing cable crashed into a gas north korea. >> basketball brings us tube, there was a fire, the balloon started ascending again. together. >> strange-ola. that's when they had to make a that's all i've got to say. >> maybe we'll speak to michael decision. few people jumped out of the jordan about this as well. balloon. most stayed on. the coast guard responding the balloon eventually to a distress call, boaters disintegrating high above and falling back to the ground. missing, a family in trouble. 19 people killed. but was it real? among them nine hong kong >> coast guard, coast guard, we are abandoning ship. nationals, two british citizens, this is the charmblow, we are japanese citizens part of the abandoning ship. >> we'll have the story, victims as well. straight ahead. ♪ lone survivors, wolferine, the egyptian pilot and a british citizen. ♪ >> 21 people on board. two survivors. i take it they were the ones who jumped out, right? ♪ >> it is very likely that they ♪ were the ones who jumped out
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the coast guard says it's called officers for missing boaters off the coast of california amid questions about whether the distress call was even reel. cnn's dan simon reports. >> reporter: they sent out numerous boats and aircraft to rescue four people, including two children allegedly on a sinking boat. this was the last radio transmission from the vessel live the regular life. see lioutdoors, or in.ight. transitions® lenses automatically filter operator. coast guard, coast guard, we are abandoning ship. this is the charmblow. just the right amount of light. we are abandoning ship. so you see everything the way it's meant to be seen. >> is that the voice of a hoaxster? maybe even a little better. was this whole thing a search that spanned the area the size visit your eyecare professional today of west virginia and cost to ask about our newest lenses, taxpayers hundreds of thousands transitions vantage and transitions xtractive lenses. of dollars just a prank? the coast guard says it's a experience life well lit. possibility. first, the name of the boat, ask which transitions adaptive lens is best for you. charmblow. don montero is the coast guard sector commander responsible for the search. >> we go through our databases, [ female announcer ] from more efficient payments. ♪ we went through customs to more efficient pick-ups. databases. we also went through databases
of local law enforcement agencies to search for the ♪ wireless is limitless. vessel, and tried to identify it. >> reporter: and what did you find? >> unfortunately, with we haven't found anything at this point. >> and what about a missing persons report. >> we haven't received any shaq 1, pain 0. notifications of any missing [ male announcer ] new icy hot advanced patch persons. >> reporter: is that unusual? with 50% more medicine. >> i haven't experienced that before, so -- pain over. >> reporter: this isn't the first time the coast guard has turned up empty on a high-profile search for missing boaters. last may, it searched for six people in the waters off of galveston, texas, after a mayday call from a sinking boat. then a few weeks later, a caller all right. chuck hagel will now become the claimed there were three people dead and 20 people in the water next secretary of defense. off of sandy hook, new jersey. his confirmation has just been >> we have 21 souls on board, 20 approved. roll call vote on the senate floor. threw see it. in the water right now. we don't have the final tally but he has more than 51 votes so i have three deceased on board, he'll be the successor to leon nine injured because of the explosion we've had. >> reporter: authorities later panetta as the next secretary of determined the call came from defense. the land and was a hoax. other news we're following, cases of advanced breast cancer as for the radio transmission in in younger women are on the california -- >> coast guard, coast guard, we are abandoning ship.
rise. that was just published in the this is the "charm blow," we are abandoning ship. journal of medical association. dr. sanjay gupta is joining us >> reporter: based upon what he was saying over the radio, you from new york right now with the thought that was real? latest. tell us exactly what this study >> absolutely. and we treated it as such. we treat every call as it was found. sounds pretty disturbing. our own child out there and >> yeah. we're searching for them. it is alarming for sure because >> reporter: now, making a false you look for trends in medicine distress call is a felony and between 1976 and 2009 what punishable by up to ten years in they noticed was the number of prison and a $250,000 fine, plus women who had, what is called the cost of the wasted search effort. in this case, it would be hundreds of thousands of dollars. wolf and kate? >> as well they should get in trouble if they're wasting that me metastatic increasing in women time, that turns out to be true. age 25 to 39. dan simon, great report. thank you. so we see these numbers probably seemed like a great increasing a real trend. idea to see the sights, hundreds the numbers still pretty small. of feet in the air in a balloon back in the '70s you may have until disaster struck. up next, we'll have new pictures had 250 women who had this sort of the deadly explosion and a of metastatic breast cancer who closer look at balloon safety. were also under the age of 40 it's lots of things. and now the number is closer to all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon 850. it's not a huge absolute number but, again, in medicine you try we call the internet of everything. to figure out there's a trend ♪ it's going to be amazing.
why is it happening and can anything be gone it. and exciting. that's the big headline here. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. >> should women under the age of 40 start thinking about regular we're going to wake the world up. and watch, with eyes wide, ma'am gramms? -- mammograms? >> i know there's been a lot of as it gets to work. debate in the medical community. cisco. tomorrow starts here. >> it's good question. the answer seems to be no not now. there's not enough evidence still that they should lower teenage at which women start receiving mammograms. that's tough to hear for some women who say my chance of having metastatic breast cancer cisco. ( ♪ ) is higher than 25 years ago why for those nights when it's more than a bad dream, not? because the numbers are still small. be ready. could it be in part that the numbers are rising because we've gotten better at detecting some for the days when you get a sudden call of these things at different from the school, be ready. stages. so, we don't have enough for the times you need evidence yet to recommend that, to double-check the temperature on the thermometer, be ready. wolf. look you're absolutely right. it remains a controversial area, when you have children's motrin on hand, the screening for breast cancer you're ready. for high fever, nothing works faster specifically and i'm sure people will look that study as part of or lasts longer than children's motrin. that. >> let me shift to another be ready with children's motrin.
story. the mediterranean diet as its called. we heard a study yesterday in the new england journal much immedia -- of medicine. what's going on here? >> let me put to it you like this. the mediterranean diet could be a very good diet. it's a diet high in olive oil and nuts, the kind of food people eat in the mediterranean. the problem with the study it sound like they were comparing a mediterranean diet to a low-fat diet. when you start to look at that study more specifically what you find is that the people who were supposed to be on a low-fat diet they weren't on a low-fat diet. they were told to eliminate or reduce fat from their diet but they couldn't do that or they didn't do that. so, for example, you take a guy like dr. dean ornish that people eat less than 10% from fat, in
this group it was 37%. it wasn't comparing what they thought they were comparing. the headline here is people told to go on a low-fat diet they couldn't stick with it. they had a hard time sticking with it. it was a tough study to compare. >> basically what i hear you saying mediterranean die set good as long as you just use the low-fat part of that mediterranean diet is that what i'm hearing? >> if the question was this, is a mediterranean diet better than a low-fat diet at reducing heart disease, reducing stroke we don't know the answer to that still. despite all the headlines you read yesterday we don't know the answer to that because there was no -- there weren't people in the study who were actually eating a true low-fat diet. what you're saying is generally correct there's some things common between the various advocates of these diet, one being lowering fat overall, you can add good kinds of fat, for example oh, live oil has a
particular kind of fat that's better than the type of fat you find in certain meats and also increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet that's something both diets seem to recommend. again, if you're saying hey which is better, low-fat, they were 1,000 feet in the air in a hot air balloon over mediterranean, we still don't have the answer to that ancient egypt. question. >> then all of a sudden a gas >> i like the med ran diet explosion. because you can have a glass of wine as part of that diet. sound a lot friendlier to me. thanks very much. >> you got it, wolf. this video taken from another and you're in "the situation balloon shows the blast and the room" happening now, bipartisan bickering over the forced budget fall. 19 people are dead, two in the hospital, and many people are cuts. hit agnew low. republicans are deeply divided. wondering are these balloon rides safe. one warning how house speak john brian todd went out to try to find out. boehner could lose his job if he >> reporter: wolf, in the wake does. also a crippling midwest of the accident in egypt, a lot blizzard blasting away snowfall of questions being asked today about the overall safety of records going back 100 years. commercial ballooning. and is this the new face of well, to answer some of those questions, to get a little more middle age? jane fonda now in her 70s wowed information, we came here to an airstrip in frederick, maryland. the oscars and some researchers this commercial balloonist, patrick smith and his partner are going to show us some safety are saying 72 is the new 30. procedures and talk to us about we want to welcome our viewers overall safety of this activity.
in the united states and around experienced balloonists say it's the world. rare to have a catastrophic i'm wolf blitzer. crash like this one in egypt you're in "the situation room." captured on amateur video. when it comes to safety on a commercial balloon flight, patrick smith knows the drill. today, the wind and rain are too strong for us to go up, but smith takes us through the checks of his tanks, valves, hoses, gauges. it's a powerful burst when he we begin with chuck hagel. tests out the burners. he's now is going to be the nation's defense secretary. smith and his family operate a the senate has just voted to commercial balloon business in frederick, maryland. he says he took up about 260 approve his nomination. he was confirmed. passengers last year. you're in an emergency, one of dana bash is up on capitol hill. these hoses rips off or barbara starr is at the something and this thing is in pentagon. dana, what was the final roll peril. how do you get it down quickly? call? >> reporter: we don't have it >> i'm going to shut down and yet. they are finalizing it. secure the situation, then at that point we're going to go ahead and look for the best available landing spot. we do know because our lisa is i'm going to use another tank in the chamber she's counted 51 because i have a redundant system. votes, simple majority needed i will be able to use that other for chuck hagel to be confirmed tank to find an acceptable place to land and if i needed to, i'm as the next defense secretary. we also know just listening to going to shut down all lines and the votes as they come up he's put myself down in trees, because the basket itself will
gotten at least four yes votes from his former republican protect the passengers. >> reporter: another balloonist colleagues. that's not a lot but maybe more told us sometimes balloons strike power lines. it tends to occur on descent and than some may have anticipated given the deep partisan divide it can be deadly. he said electricity from the over his nomination. power line arcs through the this may surprise people as balloon, then can punch a hole well. in a hose or propane tank, rand paul one of the most conservative senators he voted causing an explosion. to minimize the overall risk, yes. cochran said he would. don't crowd the passenger richard shelby of alabama and basket. this is the envelope for patrick's balloon. this is the basket, 46 by 62 in mike johans as well. this vote is still open. width, about four feet deep. >> grab on to here. what this does is put this very don't grab this bar here. bruising battle for chuck hagel behind him but obviously as hop on down. barbara will tell you starts a >> reporter: how many does this new chapter of very, very tough hold safely? >> we can hold legally six passengers. i never carry more than four. >> reporter: but he says there go of it at the pentagon. are baskets like the one in and with regard to the way he has to relate to members of egypt that can carry 20 people or more. congress especially with these forced spending cuts coming on smith says there's psychology friday. >> we'll get to that in a involved with passengers. he has to keep their emotions on moment. barbara, any word yet on where he'll be sworn in, when he'll be an even keel. >> it's a lot of interaction. sworn in, when he officially by the time they go on their flight i have already given them begins his job as defense a full safety briefing, they're secretary? >> wolf, we're told the plan is in the basket and we just put a
chuck hagel will come here to little more heat in and lift off the ground just like an the pentagon first thing tomorrow morning. elevator. >> reporter: he tells passengers will walk up the steps to the if there's an emergency they've got to stop talking and listen secretary of defense's office on to him. bend your knees, he says, grab the third floor and will be the handles on the inside, press sworn in at that time. yourself up against the side of it is always around here a the basket. smith says unless your basket is on fire and close to the ground, private ceremony by tradition. don't jump out. we may get a photograph of it. >> the basket is designed to but i think it's worth pausing absorb as much of the impact for for one minute and this will be a moment of history to reflect the passengers. on a normal landing, on a hard upon. landing, on an emergency when chuck hagel setting landing. that's what it's designed for. partisan politic, aside walks up and it's the best chance that we the steps of the pentagon tomorrow morning this is a man would have. >> reporter: patrick smith has a who is a very honored combat lot of contingencies in place in case of emergencies. veteran of vietnam. he has helmets in the basket for this man will walk in as people to put on, a fire secretary of defense, still with extinguisher and a chase crew shrapnel from fire fights in following him wherever he goes. wolf and kate? vietnam in his chest. this is no small matter. >> thanks very much. >> scary. this is a man who is widely >> wonder if they have parachutes, too. respected for his service to the >> i don't know the answer to that, actually. jeanne moos next. country as is senator john mccain, john kerry now the secretary of state. this is the vietnam generation. and for so many of those veterans this will be a moment
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starting friday. president obama took his bully pulpit to norfolk, virginia where the white house says across the board cuts will for the navy to cancel maintenance of 11 ships. >> that hurts this community. because of these automatic cuts about 90,000 virginians who work for the department of defense would be forced to take unpaid leave from their jobs. >> reporter: then rapid fire warnings of other real world shaq 1, pain 0. effects from forced spending cuts. >> more than 2,000 college [ male announcer ] new icy hot advanced patch students would lose their with 50% more medicine. financial aid. delays in airports across the pain over. country. tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. >> reporter: consequences from the country's debt would be so you go to the airport, you miss your flight, what do worse than $85 billion in you do? jeanne moos has some incredible spending cuts. video. >> saying the sky is falling all in an effort to scare congress >> reporter: fasten your seat belt. and the american people in doing what he wants. >> reporter: that speaks to the extreme turbulence ahead. heart of the divide. republicans say no new taxes in a chinese executive traveling with his family missed not one, any deal to prevent
indiscriminate cuts. but two flights and when he, his democrats want tax increases and wife and two sons weren't spending cuts. allowed to board after missing it's philosophical and the second flight's boarding announcement, what went flying insurmountable. >> there's some agreement on was computer equipment. revenue. >> on this episode of china we should go ahead with the sequester. >> reporter: now the senate un-censored, watch a chinese republican leader and some other officials go nuts. republicans say that they like >> reporter: watch bystanders the idea of trying to give the back off. president more flexibility, the get me away from this guy who issue being now that it is completely arbitrary and nothing turned out to be the vice-chairman of a state-run can be changed with regard to how these cuts are going to go mining company and an advisor on a chinese political committee. forward and perhaps that can be not to mention an expert desk alleviated if the president has the chance to change those cuts around. there's a divide inside the gop over whether that's the right way to go. the other problem is that the white house sees it and says no we don't want to that have political ownership of these cuts. >> when harry reid speaks of revenue he means tax revenue. unless republicans are willing to agree dana to raise taxes in effect not by raising tax rate but by eliminating loopholes or
deductions or whatever there won't be a deal. that's what's is going on right now, right? >> reporter: that's exactly what's going on. it really is the classic philosophical divide between these two parties, republicans are saying we simply will not go for what the democrats want which is raising revenue, raising taxes by closing loopholes and doing other things and democrats are saying we're not even talking about a deal unless that's on the table to try to cutback on some of those, those spending cuts that they think will be so devastating. >> getting back to the other story you're working on the senate confirmation of chuck hey fwel to be the defense secretary the final vote 58-41. 58 in favor confirmation. i don't know if all showed up. 58-41. looks like it's almost strictly along party lines if you take a look at 55-45 the makeup between the democrats and the republicans in the senate. you're not surprised by this,
are you in. >> reporter: into a couple of democrats earlier in the day were absent. it looks like a handful maybe four or five republicans who crossed party lines. it isn't surprising. the vote earlier to stop the republican filibuster to allow this go forward 18 republicans crossed party lines to allow that. that's a far different kind of vote for actually confirming somebody to be the defense secretary or anything. that's a very different kind of vote. it isn't surprising given the real backlash that we saw from, again, we should underscore this chuck hagel's former republican cleerks he's a former republican senator and what we have seen over the past several weeks with his nomination the way republicans have tried to torpedo it is almost unprecedented. >> there's a republican divide to say cut a deal.
listen to what senator lindsey graham told me here in the situation room yesterday. >> now is the time to group. both parties need group. we need to find a chance to do the big dip. >> other republicans see grave consequences if the house speaker john boehner agrees to raise taxes to avoid those forced budget cuts. >> i don't quite honestly believe that speaker boehner would be speaker if that happens. i think he would lose his speakship. >> let's get more now with our chief national correspondent john king. what lindsey graham was suggesting a grand bargain if you will deal with major tax reform eliminating loopholes, deductions, lowering some rates but at the same time entitlement reform, major reform in social security and medicare/medicaid. he says if you do that then maybe there could be a deal but obviously that's not going done between now and friday. >> that's why the republican leadership and its colleagues while he has the right to have that opinion they wish he would
be quiet. let's deal with the issue the sequester or forced budget cuts. if the speaker agrees to tax increases to deal with the sequester he would lose his job. republicans are shrugging at that one because the speaker has been crystal clear. there might be more infighting among republicans. they are pretty unified on the basic question which they say no tax increases for this point the $85 billion. that's what makes this so interesting. republicans are digging in because they know what the president is asking to go to their holy grail tax increase. they just raised taxes seven weeks ago. the president wants the loopholes closed. what's so unpopular about that? then you still get back to the bigger questions. even if they figure out something for the sequester, then you go back to the bigger deficit reduction where the president is asking for more tax increase. republicans raised taxes one.
if they get a grand bargain that might be twice. you can bet the ranch her not going to do it a third time. >> the whole point that some republicans are now saying even in these final days you know what mr. president you don't like these $85 billion in mandatory across the board spending cuts we'll give you flexibility come up with $85 billion price tag or number but you have the flexibility to decide where those cuts should take place. the president saying not so fast he's not interested. >> because then he would own them. the white house or cabinet agencies would be making the designates on what gets cut and what doesn't. some republicans are worried that the administration would use that to cut programs that republicans tend to like and not cut programs democrats tend to like. what republicans think would give the president what he wants. he said this is a meat cleaver. what the republicans say it would prove you can cut this spending which remember is still a growth in spending the federal government even with this 85
billion will spend more this year than last year. republicans would say it proves you can cut the spending without devastating consequences. the president said this may be my idea to begin with but we're all at the table. >> we have a significant debate coming up in our next hour right here. steve moore of the "wall street journal" goes up against veteran wall street financier chief rattner. a good debate in the next hour. the new york city mayor dabbling in illinois politics. why michael bloomberg is dumping millions of dollars into a congressional race hundreds of miles from home. >> are conservatives snubbing new jersey governor chris christie. we have details of an invitation that apparently never came.
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snow monday breaking a one day snowfall record that stood for more than a century. many here already weary from the last snowstorm which hit the southern plains a week ago. the warnings this time all too familiar. texas under a state of emergency. so too is kansas. >> we're very concerned about this storm. we believe it may be worst than the last one. >> reporter: a motorist killed as a result of the storm. in missouri kansas city's mayor urging people to stay inside. >> we need our kansas city citizens to take this seriously and to spread the word and to be off the roads as much as possible. >> reporter: in oklahoma a roof caved in killing one inside. >> we did have that collapse and one individual was found dead at the scene there. >> reporter: most of the trouble was on the roads. motorists some stranded for hours as emergency crews tried to reach them. but this is the midwest and people here have seen and
measured much worse. >> we're approaching 6 1/2 to 7 inches of snow. >> reporter: 6 1/2 to 7 inches, not expecting that much here in peoria. but actually, wolf, some farmers in the state of kansas who were looking forward to the snow they needed the moisture to think it ground but there's very small consolation to people who ended up getting stuck out on the roads. >> jason thank you. meanwhile other news we're following including a special election today in illinois. house seat, a congressional house seat is drawing attention and a lot of money from the mayor of new york city. michael bloomberg is flexing his financial muscle in the race where gun control has become a top issue. our national political correspondent jim acosta is joining us now. why is michael bloomberg anxious to get involved in this special election for a congressional seat. >> you heard the pro democracy slogan one-man/one-vote. what's happening in this race in
little may be described one mayor one district. in the chicago area where street violence is raging it's no surprise gun control could be the divisive issue in the democratic primary for congressional seat that's up for grabs. >> watch out for debbie halvorson. when he was in congress before she was got an a for the nra. >> the man who is pushing tissue more than anybody else is not from illinois. new york city mayor michael bloomberg super p.a.c. dumped several million into the race. >> kelley will join president obama to take on the nra. >> because it's a special election to replace congressman jesse jackson jr. who resigned abruptly last november the candidates have had only a few no, sir campaign. halverson said bloomberg's money has made her the underdog. >> first thing they tell me
we're with you. we're sick and tired of those commercials. a mayor of new york will never control this election. we don't want someone sticking their nose into little politics. >> pro control mayor argues he's putting his millions to good use. >> the public should stand up. i'm part of the public. i happen to have some money. that's what i'm going to do with my money is try to get us some sensible gun laws. >> with chicago still reeling from the high-profile murder of hidalyia pendleton, robin kelley has her own ads. but no matter the issue the campaign watchdog group the sunlight foundation says bloomberg's meddling in hil is just another reminder of so you super p.a.c.s can play king maker in tiny races. >> what it tells you is somebody with a lot of money can tip the balance in a race.
it looks like he will determine the next member of congress for the chicago district. >> he's going to be picking the next member of congress? >> that's the way it looks. >> but the polls are still open and they have to count the votes in illinois and there's one other big election day factor in that race the snow could affect the turnout. look at that right now. this live picture of chicago there's still some snow coming down. we'll have to find out whether the snow affects this race as much as the blizzard of money that's going into these ads from mayor bloomberg. >> that doesn't look like a whole lot of snow to me. those people are used to winter. folks in chicago can deal with it. we'll be speaking here in the situation room tomorrow with the reverend jesse jackson his son's district as you know where the special election is taking place. reverend jesse jackson will join us here in the situation room tomorrow a special interview with him coming up. also coming up here today we're not getting any younger or are
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top republicans are backing gay marriage just weeks before the united states supreme court takes up the hot button issue. at least 75 high-profile gop members have signed what's called a friend of the court brief urging the nine justice to rule in favor of same sex marriage. the signers include some close advisors to former president george w. bush, some former governors, two members of congress and our own cnn contributor republican strategist ana navarro who is also joining donna brazil. what's going on among these
republicans. a lot of them not necessarily known as supporters of gay marriage, why are they now coming out signing this letter? >> i think it was a personal choice. you know, we're very respectful of the process and of the court. i think everybody who is on there is on there because of a personal choice because of personal feelings. this is an evolving issue. it's one that's very personal, complex, emotional. for me it's very simple, wolf. i cannot look into my friend's eyes and say to a friend of mine they are entitled to less rights than i am, they are less equal than i am. it's not about politics it's about human rights. everybody has their own reasons to do it. for the most part it's a personal journey for everybody. >> you know the end of march, the arguments will be made, the oral arguments will be made before the supreme court by the end of june we expect a decision on whether or not the country is going to go along with this from the federal perspective. a letter like this could influence some of those wavering members of the united states
court. >> i'm sure the court is split. it may influence justice kennedy. who knows what other justices. >> maybe justice roberts. >> wish it would influence all nine justice because there's no place for discrimination in our society. i'm proud of honor. of course i would support the champion for human rights for all people but this is an issue, wolf, where public opinion has dramatically shifted in favor of same sex marriage in nine states including the district of columbia as some form of marriage equality. it's time all 50 states have this. >> we have to be a party where you can co-exist. if you're a believer in equal rights and gay equality and if you are not. that's the kind of big tent that we need to build as republicans where we can all respect each other and where there is a party that embraces diversity of thought. >> looked at that list of 75 republicans. . jon huntsman a information governor of utah, former
presidential candidates, a conservative and mormon he signed that letter as well. there were some other pretty significant name. >> my congresswoman, current congresswoman who is currently serving signed that letter. i can tell you she's got some very conservative constituents in places like little havana. it's worth noting there's three latino republicans that signed that. it talks about the diversity that there is within the party and within the thought and that we can't afraid of being. you can be anything. that's what personal sfreem about and what the republican party is about. >> so many people's views on this have evolved. bill clinton colin powell, some others. we'll see what happens. >> i hope anna and others will lead the way. >> what are you hearing? you're pretty well plugged in. why wasn't the republican governor of new jersey chris christie, very popular guy invited to this conservative political event that's going to be taking place in the coming
days, cpac the conference here in washington? >> there's people who have some issues with them. some people still lay some blame on him for the election results and for what happened. >> because he hugged the president. >> look, cpac is a conservative meeting for conservatives. and god knows conservatives have enough soul searching of their own to do. if you ask me i tell you i think they did him a favor by not inviting him. his numbers are at 74 approval in new jersey. i can tell you that not getting involved to cpac might bump it up to 80. i think they did him a great favor. >> what do you think? >> i think it's bad not to be invited. on the other hand he is a conservative. democrats see him as a conservative. this will clearly help him with independents in new jersey. to exclude a prominent member of your party at a time when your party is in the midst of soul searching trying to rebrand yourself, retool, reach out i
think is a huge mistake. but then i'm not a conservative. anna is and she's going. >> the part is why make a big fuse about it. why say we didn't invite him we're not going -- if you're not going invite him don't say anything. it's worth noting how much has changed that just last year he was one of the featured speakers at cpac chicago meeting. >> i want to move on to another subject. right now campaign ad a new one for teddy turner the son of cnn founder ted turner. he's a high school economics teacher in south carolina. he's running in the republican primary for an open house seat. also in the crowded republican field former south carolina governor mark sanford who resigned after famously saying he was going hiking instead flew to argentina to see his mistress. here's the ad and what appears to be a swipe at san period. >> we've come a long way. i know it's a few much it was a
few trillion. i'll keep my promises this time. it will be different. i'm sorry for all the mistakes i made. just give me one more chance. >> break up with career politicians, the right guy teddy turner. conservative republican. economics teacher. not a politician. >> i'm teddy turner and i approve this message. >> funny ads work in a special election? >> they get media. they get attention. i'll tell you something for not being a career politician he sure learned pretty quick how to put a whammy of an ad. >> he should have used some barry white. or should have used "don't cry for me argentina." but, you know, it's a very competitive race. i think he's trying to establish himself as somebody who is not like his father mr. turner, though i have no problems with his dad. i think his dad is a hero.
this is a very interesting contest in a conservative part of the country and i'm looking forward to see if mark sanford can redeem himself. so many politicians have come back after falling to the wayside. >> it's an effective ad. he's highlighting two things one mark sanford's past character flaws and number two he's not a career politician. >> thanks very much. coming up button down john kerry loosening up a bit on his first overseas trip as secretary of state. we have details his town hall meeting in berlin. hey tell you u need your oil changed you got to bring it in. if your tires need to be rotated, you have to get that done as well. jackie, tell me why somebody should bring they're car here to the ford dealership for service instead of any one of those other places out there. they are going to take care of my car because this is where it came from. price is right no problem, they make you feel like you're a family. get a synthetic blend oil change, tire rotation and much more, $29.95 after $10.00 rebate. if you take care of your car your car will take care of you.
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it's his first trip abroad as secretary of state, john kerry is racking up some miles. look at ihis itinerary. today we saw a sign of john kerry not often seen. our foreign affairs correspondent is traveling with secretary kerry. >> kerry the secretary of state of the united states. >> reporter: in a town hall style meeting in berlin america's top diplomat john kerry sporting a preppy pink tie showed he can loosen up. at one point the often buttoned up kerry turned folksy in explaining america's right to free speech. >> in america you have a right to be stupid. if you want to be. and you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. and we tolerate it. >> reporter: on his first trip
overseas as secretary of state kerry seems intent on avoiding diplomatic disasters, especially in his first meeting with russia. >> we want to reset -- >> reporter: like his predecessor infamous misspelled reset button. >> we worked hard to get the right russian word. >> you got it wrong. >> reporter: kerry's photo op of the russian foreign minister was over in a minute. they seemed eager to get down to business. but when the cameras left kerry and sergei spent two hours together nearly half of which was devoted syria. let's see if anything positive emerged from that meeting. we'll stay in touch with jill dougherty. let's get back to our top story. three days left to see if those forced spending cuts, $85 billion over the next seven
months go into effect. our chief political analyst has been talking to senior administration officials. is there any progress being made at all to avert those cuts between now and friday? >> sure doesn't seem so. the senior administration officials i spoke with seem completely dug in on this. they are not having meetings with the house speaker or the republican leader in the senate. they told me that they believe that politically everyone agrees with him on this, that this debate occurred during the 2012 election, that it was resolved, people want a balanced approach, spending cuts and some tax increases, and one senior official said to me the only thing we can think of is that republicans can't figure out a way to get all of their people together which is why they are putting this focus on us. so as you can hear, wolf, there is no give on this at this point as we stare into that deadline. >> because see the president says these are stupid ways to
make cuts it is very painful, teachers, head start, certain defense department employees. just a dumb way to do it across the board. some republicans are now saying you know what mr. president we'll give you flexibility. >> right. >> it's up to you to decide a smarter way to get rid of some waste, fraud and abuse, you come up with a plan we'll support you and the white house says -- >> absolutely, unequivocally no. one senior administration official said it would be quota cynical device, that it would be a complete sham, the republican proposal that is. and one official put to it me this way. he said you know it's as if somebody says okay you have to cut off 2005 your fingers and we'll give you a choice of which two of your fingers you want cut off. not much of a choice. as you know wolf there are also republicans who object to that like senator john mccain who say why would we give the president more authority to decide where these cuts go. why should we abdicate in that
sense. so from the administration's perspective an absolute complete nonstarter. >> what about the idea lindsey graham had. a grand bargain. he'll deal with more tax revenue, eliminate loopholes, deductions, lower some rates, tax reform in exchange for entitlement reform, social security, medicare reform, let's do a big deal and then we'll get to the bottom. >> lindsay fwrams was over at the white house today and i guarantee you that that question was probably posed by the president of the united states. >> is the president open to that? >> it's hard to say at this point because you have to get through this problem before you can get to the grand bargain. but from the white house perspective you know they believe they put a plan on the table. they put a serious deal on the table. and when you say to them okay how do you get past this, this issue we have with march 1, there is a possibility of some kind of a short term kind of
deal like a credit card down payment, but, again, i think the administration would insist that it have some revenue component and that's a nonstarter for republicans and then, of course, wolf, what everybody is talking about is this question of do you find some way to deal with all of this on march 27th when we have this impending potential government shut down and when